NFL: Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams
On Sunday 22nd October the NFL International Series kicks off at Twickenham Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals will go head-to-head with the Los Angeles Rams. Founded in 1898 by Morgan Athletic Club the Cardinals are the oldest professional football team in existence within the United States.
Over the course of their existence, the Cardinals were renamed on various occasions:
- 1898 – 1919 – Racine Cardinals
- 1920 – 1943 – Chicago Cardinals
- 1944 – Card-Pitt
- 1945 – 1959 – Chicago Cardinals
- 1960 – 1987 – St Louis Cardinals
- 1988 – 1993 – Phoenix Cardinals
- 1994 – present – Arizona Cardinals
Here are our top 10 facts on the Arizona Cardinals:
- The name of the Cardinals’ mascot is “Big Red”
- After playing 18 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Quarterback Jim Hart played his final NFL season with the Washington Redskins in 1984.
- The Cardinals have retired the Jersey number (40) of former player – Pat Tilman who tuned his back on his NFL career to enlist within the armed forces following the 9/11 attacks.
- Due to the Arizona heat, the team used to wear their white jersey and paints at home games, forcing their opponent to wear their dark jerseys. This practice was discontinued since play began in their new air conditioned stadium.
- Former kicker Jim Bakken kicked for the Cardinals for 16 years and is in the University of Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame
- The Cardinals were in St. Louis for 28 years and did not host one post season game; they made the play offs 3 times. Each time as a road team.
- In 2005, both Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald accumulated more than 1,400 receiving yards over the course of the regular season. They became just the third set of team mates to reach that milestone.
- One of the motives to the relocation of the Cardinals to St. Louis before the start of the 1960 season was a way of blocking the AFC from putting a team in the city of St. Louis.
- The team got the nickname Cardinals from the colour of their uniforms. The uniforms were hand-me-downs from the collegiate team – The University of Chicago Maroons.
- Due to the ramifications of the WW2, during the 1944 season, the Cardinals and the Steelers merged. The combined team won no games that year.